Steve Forbes Quotes (98 Quotes)


    The real cure for what ails our health care system today is less government and more freedom.

    You look at Gov. Bush's education proposals -- he wants a big role for the federal government. My education policies are rooted in parents, communities and teachers.

    This is a free country, as is the United States, and certain people want to protest because they have a different view of how to alleviate poverty,

    We're at one of those periods where there's a gap - the perception gap - in what's really going on and what people feel about it. It is in surprisingly decent shape.

    By simply hitting on the issues, I think people will note the contrast between the substance of what I'm saying and the lack of it from another quarter,


    You don't change minds in Washington with sweet reason. You do it to the white light of public opinion.

    You get huge changes in the last seven to 10 days as people really focus. I come from the business sector, where competition is a daily fact of life.

    It's one thing to waste our money, to raise our taxes, to burden us with regulations, because we can turn those things around. But it's quite another matter to take the sons and daughters of America and put them in harm's way without thinking the whole thing through.

    No more turning a blind eye to Chinese spies in our nuclear labs. No more keeping silent about Chinese slave labor camps.

    The American administration is making a major mistake, trying to pressure the Chinese. I wish we'd back off.

    Tax code confusion is not only costly for low-income people who must pay the costs of a tax preparer. It prevents them from identifying and getting much-needed tax breaks.

    As the crowd began chanting New Hampshire, ... I love it. What happened here tonight is what is going to happen in New Hampshire and the primaries.

    It has a very real role of protecting us, ... It ... operates in very special circumstances, and therefore a president must take heed of leaders such as Gen. Powell and Gen. Schwarzkopf who say that you cannot have open gays in the military.

    You and I are entering the information age, and Washington politicians are stuck in the Stone Age.

    What are you going to raise the retirement age to ... It's already been raised to 67. This consideration is a form of betrayal. 'Consideration' is code for 'we're going to do it.'

    That means deepening the personal income-tax cuts, reducing capital gains, getting rid of the alternative minimum tax, and doing something about double taxation of dividends.


    something only the timid could love -- simply more political expediency.

    We must guard against the overreaching hand of big government trying to take away our freedom. And we must always protect the environment in a manner consistent with our values.

    With other nations adopting a flat tax, we'd better get our act together, ... My own feeling is that it's going to happen in five years, and if the Republicans don't seriously move on this in the next two or three years, I think an entrepreneurial Democra

    One critical difference is time. We entered the race very late in 1996 so there wasn't the time to get across my broad-based message or get the groups together that we are now. That's why we are strong in all of the early states - strong here, strong in I

    A company would have to be a fool to buy (Sanders) and then change it into something else,

    I am happy to announce the beginning of my campaign for president of the United States of America,

    I like his rational for why I'm not in the White House. I'll take it. It's better than some I've gotten.

    New Hampshire is unique in that all the presidential candidates come here because of your first-in-the-nation status. If we can get New Hampshire on board, all the candidates will be asked about this concept repeatedly. If we leave Washington to its own devices, nothing will happen.

    If you have money but no issues, that equals mush. No message, no victory.

    The independent analysis of the flat tax also predicts that the flat tax will lead to nearly 3.5 million new jobs by 2011 that otherwise would not exist.

    Illegal drugs imprison drug takers within sometimes violent and murderous obsessions. Drugs are designed to alter our moral sensibilities, to dull our sense of duty and integrity. Addictive drugs are wrong because they enslave and eventually destroy the body.

    Make no mistake. This fight has just begun.

    I think when those hearings are held or completed, public opinion will be such that he will be removed from office with full bipartisan support.

    The flat tax is a tax cut. Any way you slice it, your tax bill will be reduced under the plan... Under the flat tax, 65 million returns, or 42 percent of all returns, would owe no tax by the year 2010. That's right. We'll say it again Millions of lower-income people will not have to pay any tax.


    This is going to be a new, information-age campaign about great ideas and enduring values,

    The ground is shifting in our favor, you see it on partial birth (and) parental consent. You enact these into law and use that as the foundation for the next step.

    Who will now pick up the banner of freedom and march to victory this year, I do not know,

    Our failure to properly deal with Germany and Japan early cost the world dearly later on. We dare not make the same mistake with China.

    As the American people are learning and will learn, he is a good man. He has been tested -- I tried to test him -- and he emerged the stronger for it.

    Cutting rates works. It means more businesses and more jobs are created and the economy moves ahead.

    Why do we have these silly experts bemoaning the fact that we're living longer ... As I live longer longevity seems better and better to me.

    He introduced things like different-color cars and annual model changes, and it's taken Ford 70 years to get back close to GM. I'm like Sloan. I see what the new world needs and wants, and I'm offering it. Dole's still making black cars. But he doesn't have to.

    Anyone who can help guide young women through those treacherous, dangerous, wild, adolescent and teen-age years successfully is ready for the adolescent politicians in Washington,

    Actually, I'm surprised somebody didn't see the opportunity sooner,

    Today, the US spends less on defense as a percentage of our economy than we did at any time since he Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. For the world's only superpower, that is an invitation to very serious trouble.

    Don't phase in the cuts over five years, ... Help people now.

    My campaign, then and today, is a campaign about issues and ideas, never gone in for personalities. It is principles and policies, and that's what I am doing and will continue to do. That's what the people of America want,

    Personalities, no, principles and policies, yes. We must have a fulsome debate.

    New Hampshire has a unique opportunity to start this citizens' effort that we don't have to take it anymore,

    It is very telling in the case of George Bush that he uses a front organization financed illegally by soft money and corporate money to do attack ads on me. If he has criticisms, he ought to be forward about it and do it himself,

    Especially after what we've had in Washington for seven years, I think people want to get to know their candidates, ... They don't want surprises after the election.

    By not bringing the American people along, everyone thought it was just an unmitigated bloody disaster.


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